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Weaving a Family: Untangling Race and Adoption by [Barbara Katz Rothman, William Loren Katz]

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Rothman's caveat—that she'll "slide back and forth between memoir and sociology"—is disarming, even inviting. The author, a sociologist at the City University of New York, distinguishes between personal memoir, where "the driving force is the story: you want to tell your life," and the sociologist's autoethnography, where "your life is your data." Her work, she explains, is "closer to the latter, but not quite." But for readers, sticking with Rothman's stream-of-consciousness approach is trying as the white adoptive parent of a black child creates a sprawling mosaic of professional expertise and personal experience. The byways, to name a few, include home birthing, international adoption, genetics, slavery, consumerism in birthing and parenting, whiteness studies, biomedics and Jewish-black relations. The social scientist in Rothman develops a typology of black children raised by white parents—"Protégés, Pets, and Trophies"—and plunges into genomic detail. The memoirist in her surfaces to recall handling her daughter's hair ("I developed a bit of an eye, an aesthetic sense for black hair"). Comforted as readers may be by the author's general avoidance of jargon and impressed by her interdisciplinary breadth, this occasionally absorbing book too often seems an idiosyncratic grab bag. By the end, we know a little about a lot of sociological concepts and a little about the personal experience that was the book's catalyst. (May)
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Barbara Katz Rothman is a professor of sociology at the City University of New York. She has served as president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and of Sociologists for Women in Society.Her previous books include The Book of Life, Recreating Motherhood, The Tentative Pregnancy, and In Labor. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and the youngest of their three children. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00295RA3O
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beacon Press; Reprint edition (May 1 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1980 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
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